Today, I come to you on behalf of a friend whom I have written about here on this blog before. Kelly and her husband adopted sweet Charlotte a few years ago and she has been thriving. Thriving. You can see just how well she is doing over at In Mama's Heart. Kelly and Kyle have always planned on adopting another child. In fact, they were ready to adopt two sweet children Little E and Baby A from Russia, Charlotte's home country, until the adoption ban went into effect. Their hearts were broken.
Knowing that they could help another child and knowing that their family wasn't complete, they have decided to adopt Louisa, a wee bambina from another country in E.E. Louisa has Down syndrome and in her home country, she was placed in an orphanage because she is deemed "worthless", "unlovable". Upon reaching the age of 4 or 5, she will be transferred to an institution to live our her days. All because of her extra chromosome. A little girl with Down syndrome, like my Ellie. Transferred to unsavory conditions, unless someone adopts her. Someone like Kelly. Kelly and Kyle are traveling in 7 days. SEVEN days.
They funds are short by about $10,000. They are desperate. In fact, Kelly is auctioning off her engagement ring on Facebook (please, I beg of you, if you win the drawing, do not accept the ring. Could you imagine auctioning off your ring?!?).
I don't often ask for money. In fact, I am asking for plan ole help. If help is in the form of monetary funds, great! I know that paychecks have been stretched thin so I ask first and foremost that you share their story. Donate if possible, but pray, send good thoughts, forward their blog. Anything to help unite Kelly, Kyle, and Charlotte with their beloved Louisa.
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